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Kirkland, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 16, 2010
11:30 AM

Post #7710356

A few years ago I fell prey to the siren song of a neighbor's hillside full of euphorbia characias wulfenii. Had a dry sun place that just cried out for such a thing. Best laid plans...On the hunt for wulfenii, got side-tracked by amygdaloides purpurea - tantalizing little burgundy guys with that contrasting chartreuse foliage. Who could resist? Put them in that dry sun spot, and, to their credit, they have done well despite their preference for shade. Have even begun to pop up elsewhere in that sunny area. However...

...How well do they transplant? Would love to move some of my purpureas to our shade garden, which would, of course, create space in the original bed for the addition of some of the stunners you suggest in your article. (I see that crazy/gorgeous "Bonfire" in my future...)

Best to you, Katy
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2010
3:01 AM

Post #7720225

Katy, I've successfully transplanted many volunteers from our Euphorbia amygdaloides purpurea as well as digging some for friends :) Often I'll give them a 'haircut' when transplanting to help them adjust to their new home but basically they're easy! I was discouraged the first year I planted 'Bonfire' because it was so small and seemed to take forever to grow. BUT, after wintering over one season I have to say it was worth the wait because it's spectacular now! My DH planted some in another area of the gardens which doesn't receive as much sun and "his" aren't nearly as gorgeous as mine :) LOL

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